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MMA Fighter Rankings: List By Division

The mixed martial arts fighter rankings are compiled from top talent from all the promotions and are based on recent performances and overall record. Check out the latest MMA odds here at OddsShark, then see the best specials and offers at top sportsbooks.

Heavyweight

Stipe Miocic claimed the UFC heavyweight championship in quick fashion with his first-round victory over Fabricio Werdum at UFC 198. Miocic became the first heavyweight to defend the strap since UFC 166 in 2013 when he defeated Alistair Overeem in the first round at UFC 203. 

On the same card that Miocic defended the championship, Werdum easily defeated Travis Browne in a relatively boring three-round affair. Werdum and Cain Velasquez were scheduled to meet in what would have been a title eliminator at UFC 207, but the fight was canceled due to an injury.

Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Stipe Miocic – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Fabricio Werdum – UFC
  • 3. Cain Velasquez – UFC
  • 4. Alistair Overeem UFC
  • 5. Junior dos Santos – UFC
  • 6. Francis Ngannou – UFC
  • 7. Ben Rothwell – UFC
  • 8. Vitaly Minakov – N/A
  • 9. Derrick Lewis – UFC
  • 10. Andrei Arlovski – UFC

Light Heavyweight

The 205 lbs division has been a mess thanks to Jon Jones. Undoubtedly the best light heavyweight in the world ended up being suspended due to personal legal issues and then he tests positive for a banned substance just days before his massive UFC 200 rematch with Daniel Cormier.

DC is the best light heavyweight who regularly competes and has victories over the likes of Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson. After DC defeated Rumble a second time at UFC 210, the hard-hitting Johnson announced his retirement. This has weakened an already shallow 205 lbs division for the UFC.

Jones and Cormier are scheduled to fight, yet again, this time at UFC 214. Excuse me if I don't hold my breath on this one. 

Light Heavyweight Rankings
  • 1. Jon Jones – UFC
  • 2. Daniel Cormier – UFC (Champion)
  • 3. Phil Davis – Bellator (Champion)
  • 4. Ryan Bader – Bellator
  • 5. Alexander Gustafsson – UFC
  • 6. Jimi Manuwa – UFC
  • 7. Glover Teixeira  UFC
  • 8. Liam McGeary – Bellator
  • 9. Misha Cirkunov – UFC
  • 10. Nikita Krylov – EFN

Middleweight

The dream became a reality at UFC 199 when Michael Bisping shocked the world and defeated Luke Rockhold. Bisping clocked Rockhold and won the bout by TKO in the first round. Bisping defended his strap when he won a unanimous decision against Dan Henderson at UFC 204, but it was far from a sure thing, as 'The Count' got knocked down in each of the first two rounds. 

Yoel Romero is the next in line for a title shot, as the 'Soldier of God' has victories over Chris Weidman and Jacare Souza in his past two fights. Romero was on the outside looking in for a few months, as Georges St-Pierre was expected to make his return to the Octagon at middleweight and challenge Bisping immediately. However, GSP was taking too long and thus we have Bisping vs Romero.

Middleweight Rankings
  • 1. Michael Bisping – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Luke Rockhold – UFC
  • 3. Yoel Romero UFC
  • 4. Gegard Mousasi – UFC
  • 5. Robert Whittaker – UFC
  • 6. Jacare Souza – UFC
  • 7. Chris Weidman  UFC
  • 8. David Branch – UFC
  • 9. Derek Brunson  UFC
  • 10. Anderson Silva – UFC

Welterweight

Not many people thought Tyron Woodley would actually defeat Robbie Lawler at UFC 201, but 'The Chosen One' knocked out 'Ruthless' in the very first round to claim the UFC welterweight championship. Surviving the early rounds against Woodley has proven extremely difficult as he is extremely explosive and aggressive early, though this has caused him to gas in the past. Woodley is coming off back-to-back bouts with Stephen Thompson, one an absolute classic and one a complete tire fire. 

Demian Maia is expected to get the next title shot, as his dominant grappling skills have him on a seven-fight winning streak. Maia has done nothing but empty out the division to the point that the UFC has no choice but to give the Brazillian a shot at the belt. 

Welterweight Rankings
  • 1. Tyron Woodley – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Stephen Thompson – UFC
  • 3. Robbie Lawler – UFC
  • 4. Rory MacDonald – Bellator
  • 5. Demian Maia – UFC
  • 6. Ben Askren – ONE FC (Champion)
  • 7. Dong Hyun Kim – UFC
  • 8. Carlos Condit – UFC
  • 9. Douglas Lima – Bellator (Champion)
  • 10. Lorenz Larkin – Bellator

Lightweight

UFC 205 was a landmark event capped by Conor McGregor becoming the first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously. The brash Irishman completely dismantled Eddie Alvarez in a fight that cemented McGregor as the best fighter on the planet today. 

A talented division is highlighted by Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both guys have a legitimate claim to being the next in line for a title shot and debates have already begun. Ferguson has fought more frequently and has a better resume, while Khabib is a mauling grappler who has manhandled his opposition. These two were set to face one another at UFC 209, but health issues caused Khabib to pull out. Ferguson should get the next shot at McGregor if the Irishman is not off making too much money fighting Floyd Mayweather.

The addition of Justin Gaethje to the UFC should make fans very excited. The former WSOF champion is an undefeated ball of violence and skill. His debut bout will come against Michael Johnson and a dominant win in that one immediately puts Gaethje into the title conversation. 

Lightweight Rankings
  • 1. Conor McGregor – UFC (Champion) 
  • 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC
  • 3. Tony Ferguson  UFC
  • 4. Eddie Alvarez  UFC
  • 5. Rafael dos Anjos UFC
  • 6. Justin Gaethje  UFC
  • 7. Michael Chiesa – UFC
  • 8. Edson Barboza – UFC
  • 9. Michael Chandler – Bellator (Champion)
  • 10. Beneil Dariush – UFC

Featherweight

Jose Aldo came back and he looked more motivated than he has in years at UFC 200. 'Scarface' continued to be the only fighter on the planet to really figure out Frankie Edgar's striking and in doing so, Aldo claimed the interim featherweight title. After a whole mess of injuries and rumors, Aldo was awarded the undisputed title just prior to UFC 206.

At UFC 206, Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis to claim the new interim featherweight title and now awaits his shot at Aldo. Holloway and Aldo are officially scheduled to face off with the undisputed featherweight championship on the line at UFC 212.

Featherweight Rankings
  • 1. Jose Aldo – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Max Holloway – UFC (Interim Champion)
  • 3. Frankie Edgar – UFC
  • 4. Ricardo Lamas – UFC
  • 5. Cub Swanson – UFC
  • 6. Daniel Straus – Bellator (Champion)
  • 7. Anthony Pettis – UFC
  • 8. Patricio Freire – Bellator
  • 9. Yair Rodriguez – UFC
  • 10. Darren Elkins – UFC

Bantamweight

Cody Garbrandt became the first person to solve Dominick Cruz, as 'No Love' dominated Cruz at UFC 207. Whether he was dodging a slowing Cruz, literally dancing or throwing massive punches, it was basically a flawless performance from Garbrandt. 

Though Garbrandt's camp has expressed interest in a rematch with Cruz, who was a class act in defeat, many believe T.J. Dillashaw is next in line after he dominated John Lineker on the same UFC 207 card. Since losing the title to Cruz, Dillashaw has gone on to convincingly beat Raphael Assuncao and Lineker.

Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Cody Garbrandt – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Dominick Cruz – UFC
  • 3. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC
  • 4. Marlon Moraes – UFC
  • 5. Bibiano Fernandes ONE FC (Champion)
  • 6. Bryan Caraway – UFC
  • 7. Raphael Assuncao – UFC
  • 8. Eduardo Dantas – Bellator (Champion)
  • 9. John Lineker – UFC
  • 10. Jimmie Rivera – UFC

Flyweight

Demetrious Johnson has completely obliterated the rest of the flyweight division. Since being crowned the first UFC flyweight champion, ‘Mighty Mouse’ has defended his strap nine times and in almost every fight, he’s looked damn near untouchable. Johnson faced one of the stiffest challenges of his career when he took on Tim Elliott at the TUF Finale. 

Mighty Mouse had maybe the most impressive performance of his career when he dispatched Wilson Reis in his last bout. Who's next is anyone's guess. Joseph Benavidez has proven to be the second-best flyweight in the world but has already lost to Johnson twice. Sergio Pettis and Henry Cejudo were set to fight at UFC 211 with the winner likely being next in line, but the bout never happened due to a Cejudo hand injury.  

Flyweight Rankings
  • 1. Demetrious Johnson – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Joseph Benavidez – UFC
  • 3. Henry Cejudo – UFC
  • 4. Kyoji Horiguchi – UFC
  • 5. Ali Bagautinov – FNG
  • 6. Jussier Formiga – UFC
  • 7. Wilson Reis – UFC
  • 8. Tim Elliott – UFC
  • 9. Ian McCall – UFC
  • 10. Sergio Pettis – UFC

Women’s Bantamweight

So much for Ronda Rousey's triumphant return, as she was completely outclassed by Amanda Nunes at UFC 207. Nunes performed what was akin to a flawless victory in a video game, as she pounded Rousey until Herb Dean had to stop the fight less than 50 seconds after it started. 'The Lioness' has now proven that she belongs at the top of the mountain and that defeating her is no easy task. 

Nunes' next title defense will come against Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes and Shevchenko have met before with the current champion picking up a decision victory, but it was clear that the Peruvian would have won had it gone five rounds instead of three. 

Women's Bantamweight Rankings
  • 1. Amanda Nunes – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Valentina Shevchenko – UFC
  • 3. Julianna Pena – UFC
  • 4. Ronda Rousey – UFC
  • 5. Cat Zingano – UFC
  • 6. Tonya Evinger – Invicta (Champion)
  • 7. Holly Holm – UFC
  • 8. Raquel Pennington – UFC
  • 9. Sara McMann – UFC
  • 10. Liz Carmouche – UFC

Women's Strawweight

Joanna Jedrzejczyk has proven that she deserves the UFC strawweight belt after making Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne’s faces look like mush. With Jedrzejczyk's most recent win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 211, the Polish powerhouse has cemented herself as the best 115 lb fighter in the world. 

Rose Namajunas has staked her claim to the next title shot, as she is coming off a dominant victory over Michelle Waterson. 'Thug' has been growing by leaps and bounds during her fighting career and is 4-1 in her past five. The loss did come against Karolina Kowalkiewicz, whom Joanna beat comfortably at UFC 205. 

Women's Strawweight Rankings

  • 1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk – UFC (Champion)
  • 2. Claudia Gadelha – UFC
  • 3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – UFC
  • 4. Rose Namajunas UFC
  • 5. Jessica Andrade UFC
  • 6. Michelle Waterson – UFC​
  • 7. Carla Esparza – UFC
  • 8. Angela Hill – UFC
  • 9. Cortney Casey – UFC
  • 10. Alexa Grasso – UFC

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